I admit it, I idealize the life of a farmer. Numerous country songs and children's books have led me to believe that farming is an endless round of feeding fuzzy baby poultry and picking apples in overalls. It is worth noting, however, that farming is in fact pretty difficult and capricious; and farmers need support from people in their locale to continue producing the produce and whatnot. Harvest, on Market, is committed to serving this kind of sustainable food, supporting local farmers, and providing the freshest and most fabulous food around to the Louisville area. In my endless quest to find the best Sunday brunch in the Louisville area, I visited Harvest for a taste of the local and sustainable food they pride themselves on. Spoiler alert, fresh, local food is WAY better than any toaster waffles you're going to sleepily scarf down on a Sunday morning.
We ordered a plethora of brunch items, but a few stood out: the asparagus soup was served cool as an April morning with a dollop of chive crema. The baked goodness of the day was a crumbly coffee cake (the menu at Harvest commonly changes with the seasons what's good and fresh—shouldn't every restaurant function like that?) The omelet was filled with sausage, goat cheese and roasted sweet potatoes inside the perfectly golden egg wrapping. The sunny side egg sandwich was served on a pretzel croissant. The biscuit was huge and perfect on meaty gravy. My only gripe: we had to wait till one to get a mimosa. Seriously, Louisville? SERIOUSLY? It's a little champagne in my orange juice, not an a.m. bender. We did wait around for the mimosas, but it would have been a great accompaniment to our lovely brunch at Harvest. Why satisfy yourself with some factory processed powdered pastry when you could be supporting local farmers and filling your belly with their Harvest?
Photo: Elizabeth Orrick